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ERIC Number: ED103295
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Grade School Philosophy: How Come and Where To?
Lipman, Matthew
The inclusion of philosophy as part of the elementary school curriculum is discussed in this paper. A definite trend toward specifically including ethics and logic offers a starting point for a philosophy course as part of the general curriculum or as a separate course of study. The author begins by presenting a general analysis of the recent interest in grade school philosophy. Next he discusses the role of research in determining the suitability of philosophy as part of the grade school curriculum suggesting that a philosophy course could make a significant and lasting improvement in general academic performance. Two experiments utilizing philosophy for pedagogical purposes are currently being conducted in New Jersey and Texas. Taking stock of what is going on today, a breakthrough of philosophy into the elementary school curriculum has occurred. Key factors in the breakthrough include the writing of the first work in children's philosophy and the founding of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children--its publications program, curriculum development, teacher training, and research projects. Suggestions for the future of elementary school philosophy are also presented. (JR)
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